Philadelphia Private Investigator
In Philadelphia, all private investigators must be licensed by a Philadelphia County judge. In order to obtain their license, private investigators must pass Philadelphia’s rigorous licensing requirements, including an in-depth background check, complete with fingerprinting. Applicants must also complete 3 years of paid investigative work prior to qualifying for licensure. Philadelphia applicants must schedule a court date with the Clerk of Courts as a part of the application process, and a District Attorney will likely investigate applicants before their court date will be granted. Many private investigators in Philadelphia come from military or police backgrounds, though there are alternate forms of experience that are equally desirable.
Private Investigation in Philadelphia
In the state of Philadelphia, like most other states, it is illegal to act as a private investigator without a Philadelphia Private Investigator License from the Philadelphia County judge. ICS strictly adheres to all federal, state, and local laws, so rest assured that any ICS private investigator assigned to your case will be an authorized subcontractor who is fully licensed, insured, and up to date with all continuing education requirements. At ICS, our Philadelphia private investigators meet or exceed all industry standards, providing you with effective and discreet investigative services.
Adultery, Infidelity or Cheating Spouse Investigations
Being the victim of infidelity is never easy, but if you suspect your partner is cheating, you deserve to know the truth. ICS can obtain the proof you need to move forward with your case and protect yourself and your interests from an unfaithful lover. Some common suspicious behaviors amongst cheaters are excessive or secretive computer use, hiding of cell phone and personal finances, working uncharacteristically late or going on business trips at the last minute, lack of, or a sudden increase in sexual appetite, being diagnosed with an STD (even STDs with long incubation periods should be considered suspicious), abnormal activity on the home phone like hang ups when you answer or hang-ups after a specific number of rings, or claiming that a wedding ring has been lost or stolen. If your partner is engaging in these or other suspect activities, contact ICS to begin an investigation today.
Historically, adultery was illegal in Philadelphia under the “alienation of affection” law, but legislation has been passed that abolishes this form of litigation. In Philadelphia, couples can file for an at-fault or no-fault divorce, citing irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. For at-fault divorces, the most common claims are adultery or cruel and barbarous treatment. If the non-filing spouse contests the petition for divorce, the court will consider all relevant information, including the circumstances that gave rise to the filing, which is why it is especially important to come prepared to a divorce hearing. A private investigator from ICS can help you obtain the information you need to prove that your marriage is irretrievable broken, especially in the wake of an affair. Couples petitioning for divorce may be required to attend mediation counseling, but this requirement will be waived if there is proof of abuse of either spouse or child at any time in the last 24 months. If you or your child was subjected to physical abuse during your marriage and the court is requiring you to attend mediation, an investigation by ICS may be able to provide sufficient proof of the abuse to void the call for mediation. Philadelphia County has a significantly lower divorce rate than the rest of Pennsylvania. In 2009, there were nearly half as many divorces/annulments as marriages annually in the state of Pennsylvania, but that same year, there were 8,819 marriages in Philadelphia County and only 1,457 divorces/annulments.
Philadelphia divorce laws call for “equitable distribution,” which means that property and debt are divided fairly, not equally. Not every divorce will end in spousal support, but when the courts do find it necessary to require spousal support, the income, earning potential, and health of both partners will be considered, along with any contributions made during the marriage, especially those made to advance the education or general earning power of the other partner. A private investigation by ICS can help ensure that your assets are divided fairly by providing proof of your contributions and ensuring that your spouse doesn’t claim false contributions. Nationally, 53% of marriages end in divorce, 57% of men and 54% of women admit to cheating in past or current relationships, and the average affair lasts for 2 years. Proof of an affair can also be a critical piece of information in a child custody case after a divorce.
Even if you aren’t married, a private investigator can reveal invaluable information about the affair, such as the number of additional partners being seen and the amount of money being spent on the affair(s). An investigation with ICS will answer all these questions and more, helping to empower you in this difficult time.
Child Custody, Visitation and Support Investigations
In child custody cases, the primary concern for all parties involved is to protect the welfare of the child. In Philadelphia, Family Court Services handles these cases. When a judge from Family Court Services determines who will receive custody of a child in Philadelphia they take several factors into account, including a parent’s ability to provide a loving, clean, safe, and stable environment for the child. If a custody battle ensues in Philadelphia, a judge will determine custody after both parents have met with a mediator from Family Court Services. Both parents are considered equally in custody cases, but currently the majority of mothers win full custody in Philadelphia. Child support arrangements should be reviewed at least once every four years, but a review can come sooner is certain circumstances. If there has been a significant change in income, expenses or needs of either party, child support arrangements should be reviewed to be certain the children involved continue to be supported in the best manner possible. If you suspect your ex is making more money than they are claiming, an investigation by an ICS private detective can provide the legal documentation you need to prove your case to a Philadelphia judge. Every year 50% of parents entitled to child support money never receive the full amount owed to them, with 25% getting no money at all, even though a court has required the other parent to pay. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for the Family Court Services to accurately assess a child’s living situation due to limited state and federal funding, and it is impossible for them to follow through on every case.
If you feel your child’s best interests are not being met by your current custody arrangements, or if child support payments aren’t being made, ICS can help provide the proof you need to take your case in front of a judge. In the course of the child custody investigation, ICS might need to speak to friends, family, childcare workers, co-workers and the court to get the clearest picture of your child’s welfare. At ICS, we will focus solely on your case, and have access to be the best tools and resources available to provide a thorough, discreet and professional investigation. We can solve your case using surveillance, skip tracing, hidden asset checks, public record searches, undercover investigations, and much more.
Computer and Cellular Forensics in Philadelphia
In an increasingly technological world, it has become more important-and more difficult-to keep your personal information safe. Part of keeping your information safe involves knowing who has been accessing your personal electronic devices, and determining if information has been viewed or copied. ICS can retrieve and analyze data from electronic storage devices, like desktop and laptop computers, network servers, external storage drives, flash drives, digital cameras, smart phones such as the iPhone or Android phones, and more. All data retrieval methods used by ICS are complaint with all federal and Philadelphia state laws, so any data recovered will be available to use as evidence. In addition to recovering emails, instant messages, and text messages, ICS also offers virus and spyware detection and removal, pornography detection, email tracing, computer and network intrusion detection and prevention, Internet history evaluation, and hidden files detection. Contact ICS today to ensure that your data and digital devices are safe. ICS can help protect you from the increasing threat of identity theft.